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Bob Lind, Published January 27 2014

Neighbors: 2 kids from Horace take their first ride on the Galloping Goose

Edna Stark was taking her two children from Horace, N.D., to Fargo to shop.

Making it special was that they’d use the Galloping Goose branch line train to get there, and it would be the kids’ first train ride.

The year was 1955, when Dave Stark, now of West Fargo, was 8, and his sister Donna (now Donna Kellerman of St. Joseph, Minn.) was 5.

Dave tells the story because of how they almost missed the train.

Their mom was just rounding the corner to the Horace station when they saw the Goose already pulling out.

It looked like the trip was done for.

But it wasn’t. Edna and the kids jumped out of the car and Edna ran to the slowly moving train and loudly yelled, “STOP!”

Would you believe it? The train not only halted, but it even backed up, allowing Edna and the kids to get on. And the Goose again pulled out and headed for Fargo, giving the kids their big thrill.

Would that have happened today?

You’d have to wonder.

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